Ulrich Röcher's Layout
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|Older Pictures Of The New Layout|
|Picture 6||Picture 7|
|Pictures 6 and 7 are photos from 1989 during the first stage of construction. They are showing the open frame construction and the shadow stations 1 (Picture 6) and 2 (Picture 7). Regard the the construction of the (cheap) buffer stops to go easy on the couplers. The "track harp" safes a lot of room!|
I used M track for tor the railway plants in the non-visible layout parts. For all visible layout parts I only used K-track, especially a lot of flexible track. The smallest curve radius is 35 cm, the largest gradient is about 6%. I tried to use large curve radiuses for visible layout parts, to achieve a natural impression. Another shadow station is still planned, it will be placed below the existing layout and realized with C tracks. The connection to the shadow station will beralized via the anterior variable segment. For a better appereance, all K tracks were laid on Merkur styroplast track bed. Turnout actuators were installed under the baseboard, most of them were also fitted with rotable (Roco-) turnout laterns. All rails were painted in a rusty coulour. Someof the bridges are usual Kibri and Märklin bridges, other bridges made with Hekidur sheets or soldered of brass sheet metal or etched brass parts. I'm working with light signal from Herei and Busch, and semaphores form Weinert, Viessmann and Fleischmann. The catenary system (Sommerfeld) has only been installed on the visible parts of the layout.
|Picture 8||Picture 9||Picture 10||Picture 11|
|Picture 12||Picture 13||Picture 14||Picture 15|
|Let's start our overview on the left side of the door. Pictures 8, 9 and 10 show the left part of the layout. Picture 8 is an older photo, the stell bridge of the reversing track loop wasn't complete at this time. We turn around 90 degrees to right - then we can see the right half of the same layout part on the Pictures 11, 12, and 13. Picture 14 shows the layout part on the opposite side of the door - with the old town and the layout part right of it. Turning to right, you see the hanging gorge - when it is fitted in (Picture 15). Right of it, you can see the same layout part which has allready been shown on Picture 8.|
Mainly, I used convential relay technique for the layout's electrical equipment, and fewer electronics. I didn't realize an automatic control, because of the computer control (which I'm planning for the future), it's not necessary. The layout has been realized with digital control from the beginnings. First, I had a Märklin Control Unit 6020, then a 6021, now an Uhlenbrock Intellibox. Turnouts and signals are completely digitally controlled. Digital control offers the possibility to control quite a lot of trains via the track, so the catenary system was realized only in visible layout parts and without any electric funtions. From the beginning I had decided for controlling track section for the answering signals. On the newer layout parts I decided to use the coding of the direction like it had been described in the Märklin-Magazin 6/87 - two reed contacts and an electrionic connected downstream - so a safe impulse is generated.
The electric equipment was as well detailed as the terrain or the buildings. Two examples: a signal is showing Hp1 (green) only if really a train is approaching. In opposite direction, all signals can passed, without having to switch them to green. Running a shuttle trains - with the control car at the top of the train - the shutle car is holding in front of the signal. The lights are still burning also when the signal is showing red. For the buildings I have planned to light the single (!!!) rooms. Various different light change circuits (after a suggestion in the Märklin Magazin 2/89) are controling a number of different buildings at the same time, so that all rooms are lighted accidentally. Beacuse of this expensive construction, some buildings have up to 17 (!) bulbs. Of course there are street lamps where they would also be in "real life", and turnout lamps are lighted as well. No wonder that my transformer's power is going down very quickly when all lights are switched on at the same time ;-)) !
|Anterior Station Of Lindental|
|Picture 16||Picture 17||Picture 18||Picture 19|
|Picture 20||Picture 21|
|This station is covering nearly the whole front side of the layout. Picture 12 offers an overview over the right part part. The left part of this station is shown on Picture 16 from birs's-eye view. Pictures 66 and 17 show the same part of the layout from engineer's view. Pictures 18 and 19 show the station building from the left and from the right side. You have certainly allready seen that this station building is a relict of my old childhood lyout ("The sin of my youth")! Picture 18 and Picture 21 (the older photo) show the entrance and the exit of the underground car park, Picture 21 shows a lorry which I have converted for Faller Car System, in fornt of the undergreund car park. This part of the station isn't completely finished until now. Some details are still missing, the catenary system has to be reconstructed.|
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